by Shannon Grogan
Published by Soho Teen Release date : August 4th, 2015
Genres: Mystery/Thriller, Romance, Young Adult
Source: The Publisher | Format: eARC
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Sixteen-year-old Kara McKinley is about to realize her dream of becoming a professional baker. Beautifully designed and piped, her cookies are masterpieces, but also her ticket out of rainy Seattle—if she wins the upcoming national baking competition and its scholarship prize to culinary school in California. Kara can no longer stand the home where her family lived, laughed, and ultimately imploded after her mean-spirited big sister Kellen died in a drowning accident. Kara’s dad has since fled, and her mom has turned from a high-powered attorney into a nutty holy-rolling Christian fundamentalist peddling “Soul Soup” in the family café. All Kara has left are memories of better times.
But the past holds many secrets, and they come to light as Kara faces a secret terror. Someone is leaving her handwritten notes. Someone who knows exactly where she is and what’s she’s doing. As they lead her to piece together the events that preceded Kellen’s terrible, life-changing betrayal years before, she starts to catch glimpses of her dead sister: an unwelcome ghost in filthy Ugg boots. If Kara doesn’t figure out who her stalker is, and soon, she could lose everything. Her chance of escape. The boy she’s beginning to love and trust. Even her life.
I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I have no shame in admitting that it was the cover of From Where I Watch You that caught my eye. Of course, my love for anything mystery/thriller/suspense related is was pushed to request and boy. I am so glad I did!
From Where I Watch You has many elements to the story. We have a stalker. Hallucinations. Romance. The death of her sister, moving and the new life style her mom has adopted. Ultimately, a girl dealing with SO much. Not to mention her deep desire to move away and attend a top rated culinary school. But the execution was spot on; weaving all the elements beautifully.
One thing I want to mention that I appreciated about From Where I Watch You, we see Kara dealing with all of these things while being stalked. The book doesn’t STOP and focus on the stalker, but rather incorporates it into the story. We see day-to-day struggles with her mom, best friend and the budding romance as well, all the while, having that fear nagging Kara about who to trust and who her stalker is. It was pure perfection.
Another aspect that I loved were the flashbacks. Something happened to Kara the summer before her Freshman year of high school, mere months before here sister died, and while I had an idea about what happened, I didn’t have all the details. We also see OLDER flashbacks with Kara and her sister, to help us really understand why Kara felt the way she did about Kellan. I admit, her sister was not a nice person but it felt like she was trying to change, and her time ran out before she could. But alas, not the point.
While the romance doesn’t play a HUGE part in the story — it’s important for many reasons. None I want to discuss because, spoilers. I will say though, that I enjoyed their time together and glad things worked out the way it did. 😉
Now on the stalker. Have you ever picked the person, but then change your mind again and again? That is what I did. I wasn’t shocked by WHO it was, but the WHY. Things really fall into place in the end and I was beyond floored.
Overall – If yo couldn’t tell, I loved From Where I Watch You. It’s a creepy yet engaging story that will have you turning the pages well into the night. Highly recommend!
Tell me your thoughts
- Have you read From Where I Watch You? If so, what did you think?
- Are you a fan of mystery/thrillers and/or suspense?